By Alton Mitchell
Alabama has saw decreases in its unemployment numbers for most of 2017. The job growth took a swing in the opposite direction in the month of June according to data released by the Alabama Department of Labor. That same data shows Chambers County suffered a sharp upswing in its unemployment rate in the month of June.
The unemployment rate in Chambers County rose by a full percent in June over numbers in May. In June the Alabama Department of Labor reports that Chambers County had an unemployment rate of 4.7%. The figure is up from 3.7% in the month of May.
Chambers County unemployment rates shows that a total of 717 residents were unemployed and actively seeking employment. In the previous month that number was reported as 564 residents without work, but actively seeking work.
Despite the upswing in unemployment numbers which showed the trend is statewide, Chambers County still has a lower estimate than the same time last year. In June of 2016 Chambers County had an unemployment rate of 5.7% or 865 residents without work, but actively seeking employment.
The lowest unemployment rate was reported in Shelby County, south of Birmingham. Shelby County which is also home to Alabama’s highest income bracket saw an unemployment rate of 3.8%. That figure is an increase from 3.1% in the month of May. Alabama’s highest unemployment rate remained in Wilcox County west of Montgomery. The rural county has maintained the highest unemployment in the state for the majority of 2017. The rate rose from 10.9% in May to 13.5% in the month of June.